Tom Brady: Decision to Drop Deflategate Appeal ‘A Personal Decision'

The quarterback spoke for the first time Friday at New England's training camp

Tom Brady says his decision not to pursue his appeal of a four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" saga was "a personal decision."

The four-time Super Bowl winner spoke for the first time Friday at New England's training camp. He is allowed to practice with the team and play in the Patriots' preseason games, but will miss the first four regular-season games.

He said, "I tried to come out here and just focus on what I need to do to get better and help our team," adding "I'll be excited to be back when I'm back, and I'll be cheering our team on, hoping they can go out and win every game."

Asked how difficult it was for him to drop the appeal, Brady said he's tried to "move on from it" and "focus on the positive."

Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the 2014 AFC championship win over Indianapolis. He initially won a court appeal, but that was overturned, and Brady chose not to continue the legal fight.

"I'll deal with it when it comes," he said of having to sit out four games. "I'm just going to be rooting for us to win every game that we're playing that I'm not in, and certainly when I'm in I hope we win every game too."

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